Lake Muskoka, Gravenhurst

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Lake Muskoka is located between Port Carling and Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada. The lake is surrounded by many cottages. The lake is primarily within the boundary of the Township of Muskoka Lakes, the southeast corner is within the boundary of the Town of Gravenhurst and another small portion around the mouth of the Muskoka River is within the boundary of the Town of Bracebridge. The town of Bala is located on the southwest shores of the lake, where the Moon River starts. Lake Muskoka is connected to Lake Rosseau through the Indian River and lock system at Port Carling. The lake is mainly fed by the Muskoka River, Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau.HistoryNative peopleFirst mention of Muskoka in any records is in 1615 and the territory was occupied by indigenous peoples, mainly consisting of the Algonquin and Huron tribes. Early explorers to the region like Samuel De Champlain came to the area next followed by Missionaries. The name Muskoka is thought to come from the name of a Chippewa tribe chief named Mesqua Ukee which means "not easily turned back in the day of battle". Also known as Chief Yellowhead, it was Mesqua Ukee who signed the treaties made between the indigenous peoples and Province of Canada which sold about 250000acre of land in the area to the Province. He was so revered by the Ontario government that they built a home for him in Orillia where he lived until his death at age 95.
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  • Beautiful Scenery always, relaxing, able to enjoy the quiet and get outside to enjoy nature. Awesome boating, hiking in the summer and snow shoeing, cross country skiing in the winter!  more »
  • People from all over the world come to Lake Muskoka, Lake Joe and Lake Rosseau to visit what arguably may be the finest string of fresh water lakes in the world. We are privileged to live just two min...  more »
  • Why else do people come to Muskoka but to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the lakes? Lake Muskoka can get quite crowded in the summer so bring your patience!! You'll love it. We sure did!  more »
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  • Both my Mom and Dad lived here. My Mom's family for a few generations and are still there today. The Muskoka District is located in Ontario, Canada made up of the townships of Georgian Bay, Muskoka Lakes, Town of Huntsville, Town of Bracebridge, Town of Gravenhurst, and Lake Of Bays. The terrain is rocky and rugged because it is part of the Canadian Shield, which is rich in its mineral deposits and large forests. The trees include black and white spruce, jack pine, tamarach, poplar, white birch and balsam. Rock in the Muskokas has been dated back as far back as 1.5 billion years. Rock near this age is thought to represent part of the initial crust of the Earth. There are over 1,600 beautiful lakes making this scenic beauty become one of the most popular tourists destinations in Ontario.
  • Water is cold in the winter. Beautiful in the summer.
  • Great cottages and friendly people.
  • Always beautiful, any season!
  • What's not to love about cottage country! Come visit and find out for yourself!
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